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Explore the best scrambles in the English Lake District with a Cicerone guidebook

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14 Mar 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
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Scrambles in the Lake District - North

by Brian Evans
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to 110 scrambling routes in the English Lake District. Graded scrambles climb the rocks and ghylls of Wasdale, Ennerdale, Newlands, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale. Routes range from grade 1 through grades 2 to 4, where use of a rope is recommended. Includes advice on equipment, safety and techniques.

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This guidebook describes 110 gill and crag scrambling routes in the north of the Lake District, with sections covering Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale. Each route is graded from Grade 1 straightforward scrambling, through Grades 2 to 4, where the use of a rope is recommended. In addition, a star system (1 to 3 stars) highlights the best routes.

The guidebook includes classic routes such as Ill Gill, Kirkfell; Broad Stand, Scafell; Striding Edge; and Pillar Rock. Each section includes a map showing the location of the scrambles, and routes are accompanied by information on the best approach, along with a sketch diagram of the crag and the route line. The book includes invaluable of advice on equipment, safety, rope techniques, and scrambling techniques, as well as notes on access and conservation. The Lake District's rich mix of rocks, gills and crags offers the scrambler a complex variety of routes, often well removed from the beaten track. 

  • Activities
    Scrambling, climbing, walking
  • Seasons
    Routes not advisable in winter conditions or bad weather
  • Centres
    Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale
  • Difficulty
    All scrambles are graded: the easiest are suitable for adventurous walkers, while higher grades require rope and mountaineering skills
  • Must See
    Ashness Gill, Sourmilk Gill (Borrowdale), Broad Stand (Scafell), Striding Edge, Pinnacle Ridge (St Sunday Crag)
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The Scrambler's Code
What is scrambling?
Equipment and rope techniques
Scrambling Techniques
Types of scramble
Using this guide
Conservation awareness
The routes
Access, conservation and bird restrictions
Route 1 Pike Crag, Buckbarrow
Route 2 White Band Crag, Middlefell
Route 3 Long Crag and Goat Crag, Middlefell
Route 4 Iron Crag, Middlefell
Route 5 The Netherbeck Gorges
Route 6 Bell Rib, Yewbarrow
Route 7 Red Pike from Black Beck
Route 8 Red Pike by the Gully Slabs
Route 9 Wistow Crags, Pillar
Route 10 Ill Gill, Kirkfell
Great Gable – The Napes
Route 11 The Napes by the Climbers' Traverse and Sphinx Ridge
Route 12 Pinnacle Ridge, Westmorland's Crag
Route 13 Eagle's Nest Gully and Arrowhead Ridge
Route 14 The White Napes
The Scafell Range
Route 15 Spout Head Gill
Route 16 Grainy Gill
Route 17 Skew Gill
Route 18 Piers Gill (first part only)
Route 19 Round How
Route 20 North-West Combe, Ill Crag
Route 21 South-West Buttress, Broad Crag
Route 22 Broad Stand, Scafell
Route 23 Long Pike Buttress, Great End
Route 24 Great End from the Corridor Path
Pillar Rock
Route 25 Pillar Rock by Slab and Notch
Route 26 Pisgah
Route 27 Pillar Rock, the Old West Route
Route 28 Black Crag, West Buttress, Windgap Cove
Route 29 Boat Howe, East Buttress
Route 30 Longshoreman's Arête
Route 31 Kirkfell Gill (Sail Beck)
Route 32 Seavy Knott
Warnscale Bottoms
Route 33 Striddle Crag Buttress
Route 34 Warnscale Beck
Route 35 Little Round How
Route 36 Great Round How
Route 37 Grey Knotts
Route 38 Honister Crag
Birkness Combe
Route 39 Grey Crag
Route 40 Sourmilk Gill, Buttermere
Route 41 Hassness Gill, Goat Crag
Route 42 Lorton Gully
Route 43 Dale Head Pillar
Route 44 Cat Gill
Route 45 Ashness Gill
Route 46 Jackdaw Ridge, Shepherd's Crag
Route 47 Nitting Haws
Route 48 Gate Gill
Route 49 Scaleclose Gill
Route 50 Hause Gill, Seatoller
Route 51 High Scawdell Gill
Route 52 Sourmilk Gill, Borrowdale
Route 53 Seathwaite Upper Slabs
Route 54 Gillercombe Crag, North-East Buttress (Rabbit's Trod)
Route 55 Base Brown from Taylor Gill Force
Route 56 Ruddy Gill
Route 57 Grains Gill and Allen Crags
Route 58 Hind Gill
Route 59 Red Beck
Combe Gill
Route 60 Intake Ridge
Route 61 Dove's Nest Crag, The Attic Cave
Route 62 Dove's Nest Crag, Right-Hand Groove
Route 63 Combe Gill
Route 64 Cam Crag Ridge
Thirlmere and St John's Vale
Route 65 Nab Crags, South Buttress
Route 66 Nab Crags, Perched Block Route
Route 67 Mere Gill, Shoulthwaite
Route 68 Sandbed Gill
Route 69 Beckthorns Gill
Route 70 Mill Gill, St John's Vale
Route 71 Stanah Gill
Route 72 Fisher Gill
Route 73 Whiteside Gill
Route 74 Helvellyn Gill
Route 75 Stepped Ridge, Brown Cove Crags
Route 76 Central Buttress, Brown Cove Crags
Route 77 Birkside Gill
Blencathra (Saddleback)
Route 78 Sharp Edge
Route 79 Hall's Fell Ridge
Route 80 Greenside Ravine
Route 81 Rowten Beck
Route 82 Swart Beck (Sticks Gill)
Route 83 Eagle Crag, Grisedale
Route 84 Striding Edge
Route 85 Ruthwaite Beck
St Sunday Crag
Route 86 Pinnacle Ridge
Route 87 Broad Buttress, St Sunday Crag
Route 88 South-West Buttress, St Sunday Crag
Route 89 Oxford Crag
Route 90 Grisedale Slabs, Thornhow Crag
Route 91 Coldcove Gill
Route 92 Link Cove Gill
Route 93 The Light Slabs, Greenhow End
Route 94 The Dark Slabs, Greenhow End
Route 95 Deepdale Beck
Route 96 Hogget Gill
Route 97 Flake Buttress, Gill Crag
Route 98 Central Route, Raven Crag
Route 99 Tower Route, Raven Crag
Route 100 Hayeswater Gill
Route 101 Sulphury Gill
Route 102 Angle Tarn Beck
Route 103 Swarthbeck Gill, Arthur's Pike
Route 104 Boredale Head Gill
Route 105 Freeze Beck
Route 106 Blea Water Crag Gill
Route 107 Hopgill Beck
Route 108 Rowantreethwaite Gill
Route 109 Guerness Gill
Route 110 Mosedale Force
Appendix A Route index (alphabetical)
Appendix B Route index (by star grading)
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